For many years now, a tension has existed in the software development world between propriety apps and browser-based apps for the creation and execution of content and services for the end user. Steve Jobs famously attempted to go with the web apps option for the original release of the iPhone before reversing course with the second generation iPhone by introducing a proprietary App Store and allowing third-party developers to create apps specific to the iPhone platform. Which system serves the end user best, and would the big tech companies ever veer away from proprietary apps given this approach yields better economic results? Steve and Ben examine propriety versus browser apps, including their own use cases such as their experiences of using Skype versus WebRTC to create their podcasts.
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